Consulting-Specifying Engineer Webcast

Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Online Educational Series Presents:
Fan Efficiency: Lowering Fan Energy Use
An online course approved for FOUR AIA LU/HSW Credits
starts Monday, September 12, 2016.

Fans account for 18% of electricity consumed in commercial and industrial buildings. That is why the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is introducing its regulation of fan efficiency, with a new metric called the Fan Energy Index. This course will review fan basics, introduce the proposed DOE regulation, and suggest how to use the DOE metric to drive air moving system efficiency up. Emerging utility rebate programs that will be coming, along with fan performance monitoring tools will also be introduced.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define fan basics, including types of fans, their uses, and efficiency characteristics. Explain fan performance and why field operation is different from published performance.
  • Evaluate the DOE regulation and its impact on the industry and engineering practice.
  • Explain the Fan Energy Index, Fan Efficiency Grade, and "wire-to-air" efficiency. Expand on what drives fan energy use and how to drive fan energy down.
  • Discuss performance monitoring and fan capacity control.

Expert Instructor: Wade Smith, Former Executive Director, Air Movement and Control Association

Wade W. Smith, PE, retired from the Air Movement and Control Association in 2015, where he led industry negotiations with other interested parties of a terms sheet that will guide the Department of Energy regulation of commercial and industrial fans. Smith is now a consultant to manufacturers. Smith ran his own radio-based sub-metering and performance monitoring business for 15 years, following 24 years in commercial marketing and general management. He has an engaging presentation style that holds an audience and makes learning fun.

Classes begin Monday, September 12, 2016, but seats are limited, so sign up today.

Get $50 off the full course by being one of the first 30 students to register. Learn more at